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Southern Alberta Art Gallery: Performing Educational Modernism | Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber

July 30

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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 12, 2021

July 3, to Sept 12, 2021

Performing Educational Modernism centres on a period of post-war architecture and how the design of space influences learning. The 1960s and 1970s were a time when radical approaches in the design of learning spaces transformed the infrastructure of many institutions. Vancouver-based artist Sabine Bitter and Vienna-based artist Helmut Weber have undertaken extensive research into the relationships between pedagogical contexts and architectural spaces, their impact on learning experiences, and relationships between people. Through their artworks, Bitter & Weber analyze and critique this vernacular of architecture in relation to its intent: “The metaphor of the ivory tower gave way to that of the open university or free university. The newly built universities were meant to be the places where the masses could get access to education in order to acquire and produce the knowledge necessary to cope with processes of modernization, liberal democratization and new forms of economy based on skills and training.”
Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber: Since 1993, Vancouver and Vienna based artists Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber have worked on projects addressing cities, architecture, and the politics of representation and of space. Mainly working in the media of photography and video their research-oriented practice engages with specific moments and logics of the global-urban change as they take shape in neighborhoods, architecture, and everyday life. Since 2004, Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber have been members of the cultural collective Urban Subjects, with Jeff Derksen.
This exhibition was made possible with funding assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the City of Lethbridge.

We invite the community to visit us during Gallery Hours, now through to September 12, 2021:
Thursdays | Noon to 7 PM
Fridays | 11 AM to 5 PM
Saturdays | 11 AM to 5 PM
Sundays | 1 to 5 PM


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